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Hello friends,

The second annual print edition of Knee-Jerk Offline(VOL 2) is heading to the printers and will be available soon. As we did last year, we’re running a Kickstarter campaign to help with some of the printing costs.
I hope you’ll more so look at this as a way to pre-order the new issue. All donations over $3 will be rewarded with various tokens of our appreciation. But starting with a donation of $13 you will receive a copy of the new issue along with a PDF version of our recent chapbook publication, The Risk-Taking Gene by Steve Tomasula. For $15, you’ll receive print versions of both books. And so on and so on; the more you’d like to help, the more great rewards we’d like to send you.
You can find all you need to know about the new issue, rewards, and how to help by clicking this link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1706005210/knee-jerk-offline-vol-two
Jon, Steve, and I would greatly appreciate any help you can offer and hope that you’ll enjoy the work that we and all of our amazing contributors have put into VOL 2 and Knee-Jerk’s other projects as a thank you for your generosity. We’d also like to ask those of you with social media accounts if you would be willing to help spread the word with a link or a blog post. Of course, if you’re unable to help this time around, we’ll completely understand and will still love you and give you a big hug next time we see you!
For those unfamiliar with Kickstarter, it’s a website designed to help fund creative projects. Knee-Jerk set a goal ($500) of what we need to cut our out-of-pocket costs to produce the new issue and a date by which we hope to be funded. If we make the goal by midnight on February 25th, we’ll receive funding, minus 5% that goes to Kickstarter. If we don’t reach our goal by that point, the money donated will not be taken out of your account and we do not receive funding.

This volume features nearly 200 pages (including color illustrations) of all new content from some of our favorite writers and artists:

Schuyler Anderson

Kyle Beachy

Tom Bissell

Michael Capozzola

Trinie Dalton

Sarah Rose Etter

Pete Gamlen

Kelsey Heinrichs

Gary Lutz

Adam McOmber

Dinty W. Moore

Hal Niedviecki

Ben Percy

Shann Ray

Rowland Saifi

Adam Schuitema

Drew Shannon

Brenda Sieczkowski

Patrick Somerville

Chris L. Terry

Donna D. Vitucci

Leni Zumas

Your donation will help put a huge dent in our printing costs. In return for your generosity, we have several gift offers (including free print issues and copies of our chapbook by Steve Tomasula), listed to the right. Even the smallest donation will be greatly appreciated and help get this magazine into bookstores and in your hands. Thank you!


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Award winning graphic novelist Warren Ellis was kind enough to, on his own accord, write an update on his website about Thirsting Quench and the Captains of Industry’s (a group on Knee-Jerk editor/cofounder C. James Bye’s small recording label, Stir Up Your Grey Matter) new ep, Nema Reve. Check out what he had to say:

I’m listening to the first track right now. It starts like an outtake from ‘Fur Immer’ (I’ve been listening to NEU! all afternoon, which made for a weird moment when I had to check if I was streaming audio or still in iTunes). And then it stops. And then they sort of go through a time-travel portal and put their other foot directly into 90s postrock while still strumming the motorik. At which point, yes, it’s total comfort food for old rockist tendencies, but by the time they start digging power chords out of their guitars with rusty screwdrivers, I’m off with the fairies. Thirsting Quench and the Captains of Industry, we salute you.

What an amazingly nice (not to mention crazy talented) guy.

Name your price and download Nema Reve HERE. Click on the banner for more Thirsting Quench and other Stir Up Your Grey Matter releases, all available for free or name your price.

And keep up on Warren Ellis at www.warrenellis.com

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Knee-Jerk co-founder, C. James Bye has been slinging around CD-Rs and cassettes of his and his friends’ musical projects for the better part of a decade under the name of Stir Up Your Grey Matter Productions. Now Stir Up has entered the iPod age and has started a Bandcamp page to further the distribution of these weird and wonderful recordings.

For those not familiar, Bandcamp hosts thousands of artists who make their music available as downloads often complete with album art, liner notes, track info that automatically transfers to your iTunes, and bonus material in a variety of digital formats (from mp3 to lossless FLAC).

Stir Up Your Grey Matter’s page now has 30 (that’s thirty!) albums, eps, singles, live recordings, and demos made by C. James and his buddies all over the Midwest and all for free or name your price downloads. Many are four-track recordings, some done digitally, ranging from

indie pop by the likes of Electric Bolts and Lauren Svacina

to lo-fi pop from The Literacy Program and Farewell Scalar

to psychedelic post-rock from Thirsting Quench and The Furry Murrays

to field recordings and spoken word from Art In Underpants and Dr. Kamikaze & the $35 Sound

Check out everything that’s available from STIR UP YOUR GREY MATTER

And join Stir Up Your Grey Matter’s Facebook Fan page to hear about upcoming live shows, new releases, and newly converted older material previously available only at performances by now defunct bands.

No one is in this for the money, so please feel free to download for free and enjoy the music.

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